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Vintage clothing fits differently than modern clothing, which is cut loosely to fit a wide variety of body shapes. Vintage clothing is cut much closer to the body than you may be used to. For this reason, it is important that you allow enough wearing ease to move comfortably while wearing your vintage garment. Vintage garments should always be worn with care and consideration of their age.
Vintage garments are often times handmade or altered to fit an individual woman. Often times a garment will have larger seam allowances or signs of alterations to fit the garments original owner. If a garment does not look like it will fit you exactly it may be altered to fit your measurements. Please email me with questions about seam allowances and alteration as each garment is different.
+++ please note Nosilla Vintage is not responsible for any garment alterations +++
HOW TO TAKE YOUR MEASUREMENTS
Use a dressmaker’s tape measure, which you can get at your local fabric store.
Measure yourself over the undergarments you plan to wear & not over your clothing.
DRESSES & TOPS:
BUST: measure over the fullest part of your bust while wearing a bra.
UNDERBUST: measure around the fullest part of your ribcage, about midway between your bust and waist.
WAIST: measure around the smallest point of your waist where it naturally curves in.
HIP: measure around the fullest part of your hips. This is usually about 8"-9" below your waist.
SHOULDER TO WAIST: Measure from the top of your shoulder, where a normal shoulder seam would lie, down the front, following the curve of your bust.
LENGTH: measure from the top of your shoulder, where a normal shoulder seam would lie, down the front, to the point you want the garment to end at the hem.
PANTS: Please note most vintage jeans and pants do not have stretch, so plan fit accordingly.
WAIST: this measurement is the actual measurement of the waistband on the pants and may not coincide with your natural waist measurement due to the actual rise of the pants. The rise will determine where this measurement will fall on your body. please take the rise into consideration when determining the correct fit.
INSEAM: the inseam is used for determining the length of the pants & is measured from the seam at the crotch to the bottom of the leg seam... measure from the crotch seam to the leg bottom.
STRIDE: the stride is a diagonal measurement from the fork of the crotch toward the back and diagonally across the back up to the side seam at the waist. this will help determine if the seat of the pants will fit comfortably.
RISE: the rise is used to determine where the pants sit (waist or hip, normal or low rise)... this is measured from the pants top in front (waist above the zipper) to the crotch seam... the lower the measurement, the lower the pants sit on the body. In general, less than 4" is called ultra-low-rise, 4-7" is low-rise, 7-10" is mid-rise & 10-12" is normal rise
THIGH CIRCUMFERENCE: this measurement is taken six inches down the inseam from the fork of the crotch and measured straight across the leg when lying flat. This measurement is then doubled to give you the circumference of the thigh.
LEG OPENING: this measurement (taken flat) is the width of the leg opening at the bottom hem doubled.